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Anti-BDS Rally Held In South Florida

Monday, September 12th, 2016

A rally was held in Cutler Bay, Florida, on August 28 to protest the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Despite forecasts of stormy weather, hundreds attended. The high-energy rally included a musical performance by YouTube sensation rapper Ari Lesser.

Rally-goers wore t-shirts which read “BDS is Hate” and held signs with slogans like “U.S. and Israel, United Against Hate” and “BDS=Antisemitism.”

The message of the rally was clear: if you support BDS, you are supporting hate. Elected officials, private citizens, and representatives of various organizations spoke out against the BDS movement.

Rally co-sponsors included the Zionist Organization of America, NCSY, Rolling Thunder, and the Israeli-Florida Friendship League.

Anti-BDS rally

Anti-BDS rally

Shelley Benveniste

Chabad Of South Broward To Hold 35th Annual Dinner

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The 35th annual dinner of Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Lubavitch and Chabad of South Broward Award Ceremony will take place Wednesday, September 28, on the luxurious dinner boat The Catalina, which will depart from the Diplomat Hotel at 6:30 PM. The dinner is a celebration of 36 years of Chabad in Broward County.

Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, Chabad’s executive vice president, is inviting the entire community to attend. “Every year, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson, would send a letter and his blessings to our annual dinner. These blessings continue each year.”

This year’s dinner will include cruising, wine tasting and the renowned comedian SARGE.

Chabad of South Broward, founded in 1980, has been a leader in Jewish education, outreach, and social services for nearly four decades. Presently, there are 15 Chabad centers in South Broward. Chabad of South Broward’s headquarters in Hallandale Beach is home to 49 agencies.

All proceeds from this year’s dinner will be allocated to help the needy with food, money, and new clothes for the upcoming Jewish holidays. To reserve for the dinner cruise, and for more information, call 954-458-1877 or e-mail ltchabad@gmail.com.

Shelley Benveniste

Could the Dispute in the South China Sea Affect Debate Over Palestinian Statehood?

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

{Originally posted to the JNS website}

The photos, released earlier this week by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), show that China is building military aircraft hangars on the disputed Spratly Islands. That violates a promise China’s president, Xi Jinping, made to President Barack Obama less than a year ago, that “China does not intend to pursue militarization” of the islands.

Moreover, a United Nations tribunal ruled last month that China’s claim to the Spratly Islands and other nearby territories is “unlawful.” Yet the international community has taken no action against either the illegal Chinese occupation or China’s militarization steps.

Israeli policymakers might want to keep an eye on these developments. Israel’s leaders have said any future Palestinian state would have to be completely demilitarized. But can Israel rely on the international community to enforce the demilitarization rules if the Palestinians violate them?

Perhaps the most infamous experiment in demilitarization involved the Rhineland, an area of western Germany along the border with France, Belgium and Holland. The 1925 Locarno Pact, signed in the aftermath of World War I, required that the Rhineland be permanently demilitarized. But when Hitler sent his troops to occupy the Rhineland in March 1936, the Locarno signatories–Britain, France and Italy–stood idly by.

Pacifist sentiment was strong in England; treaty or no treaty, the Brits were in no mood to confront the Nazis. Lord Lothian, the veteran British diplomat, rationalized the militarization of the Rhineland as “no more than the Germans walking into their own backyard.” The French, who now found themselves within shooting distance of the Wehrmacht, were not quite so sanguine about the latest developments. But with France mired in economic troubles and national elections just months away, French Prime Minister Albert Sarraut was unwilling to risk a costly conflict with Hitler.

The United States was not a party to the Locarno agreement, but what President Franklin Roosevelt said mattered in the world arena. In this case, he didn’t say much. Determined to maintain friendly relations with Germany, FDR refrained from explicitly condemning Hitler’s Rhineland action. He would not even send U.S. observers to a League of Nations discussion of German aggression. Shortly after the Rhineland crisis erupted, Roosevelt headed off for a two-week fishing trip in the Bahamas, which coincidentally helped him evade questions about the controversy.

Israelis don’t need to go back to the 1930s for examples of how the world might respond if a Palestinian state began importing tanks or missiles. They have had some bitter experience in this area in recent decades.

The late Israeli diplomat and politician Abba Eban describes in his autobiography how the Nixon administration pressured Israel to accept a ceasefire in the 1970 War of Attrition, promising that Egypt would not be allowed to move its missiles close to the Suez Canal. “Within a few days of the conclusion of the cease-fire agreement,” Eban writes, “our head of military intelligence…was reporting…the Egyptians had begun to move their missiles forward as soon as the ink was dry on the agreement.” Nixon’s response “was evasive,” Eban charitably recalled. The U.S. administration “professed not to know that the violations were taking place.” No action was taken against the Egyptians.

An even more current example presents itself. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which consists of 10,506 soldiers (and 848 civilian advisers) is pledged to ensure that southern Lebanon is kept “free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL deployed in this area.” That commitment from the international community is supposed to protect Israel’s northern border. Yet Hezbollah has stationed more than 100,000 missiles in that area, according to Israeli military estimates. The missiles are aimed at Israel. And UNIFIL refrains from intervening.

All of which leaves some Israelis wondering how international promises would fare if a demilitarized Palestinian state decided to re-militarize. When push comes to shove, would world leaders decide, as FDR did, to go fishing?


Dr. Rafael Medoff

South Florida Observes 14th Yahrzeit Of Rabbi Dovid Bryn

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Shabbos, May 14, marked the 14th yahrzeit of South Florida legend Rabbi Dovid Bryn, zt”l, founder of Chabad Chayil and the California Club Shul. Mostly known for his unending acts of kindness and genuine love for every human being, he is truly missed by all who knew him.

Some rabbis are known for their gigantic shuls and temples, but Rabbi Bryn had a much bigger “shul” – one not bound by walls. His shul was in the flea markets, soccer fields of the JCC, and in people’s homes where he spread his love. The rabbi often spent his Sundays in teenagers’ living rooms with a pair of tefillin, inspiring and changing lives.

Rabbi Bryn’s life was tragically cut short at age 40 by Marfan syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissue. For over a quarter of a century, Rabbi Bryn, the son of Holocaust survivors, courageously battled the fatal disease, yet he managed to minister to, counsel, and save thousands of Jews and non-Jews alike. The rabbi’s overflowing concern for others left no room for him to worry over his own well-being. He lived the equivalent of 120 years of good in a third of the time.

One friend commented on RabbiDovidBryn.org – which was created to remember the his middos and deeds – “If he could breathe, then he would talk to others about G-d’s good, the beauty of a mitzvah, or life’s bright spots. If he could walk, then he would go to share life with others and show a positive perspective as it should be seen. He showed strength not demonstrated by men who appear stronger. He showed love that is only written about…. When I will need an example of the unrelenting power of love, I will think of him.”

In honor of his yahrzeit, the entire community was invited to a special tribute farbrengen at Chabad Chayil and the Dovid Bryn Library to say a l’chaim, reminisce about the good times shared together, and, most important, to talk about how his chesed could be emulated.

To view or share photos or experiences of this remarkable man, visit RabbiDovidBryn.org. To learn about the Special Tribute Torah being written in his honor and purchase a letter, word, or parshah, call 305-770-1919 or visit the website.

Rabbi Moishe Kievman

Ship’s Captain Reports He ‘Saw Flame in the Sky’ South of Greek Island

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

A source in the Athens defense ministry says the government is investigating a claim by the captain of a merchant ship who said he “saw a flame in the sky.”

The ship’s captain reported seeing the “flame” about 130 nautical miles south of the Greek island of Carpatos, according to the British Daily Star.

The site is close to where Egypt Air flight MS804 en route to Cairo from Paris disappeared from radar at 02:45 local time early Wednesday morning.

The plane was carrying 56 passengers, three security personnel and seven cabin crew.

Egyptian Army fighter jets and Greek ships are searching the area in the Mediterranean where the aircraft was last seen on the radar.

There was no explosion and no emergency call for help before the aircraft disappeared.

Hana Levi Julian

Snow Falls in Jerusalem; Israel Braces for ‘Maximum’ Storm

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Snow is falling in Jerusalem as the country braces for what may be the biggest winter storm of the year. A light blanket of white dropped upon the hills and mountains in Israel’s northern region.

Residents hunkered down under frigid temperatures, gale force winds and unusually high waves along Israel’s Mediterranean coast. Government officials met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to make final preparations on services needed to meet any challenges that could arise during the bad weather.

Roads were closed down due to difficult conditions in several areas in northern Israel, with the strong possibility that the same might happen on the main arteries into Jerusalem, depending on the level of snow accumulation.

Icy rain had already begun falling by Thursday morning as far south as the northern Negev desert. “It is a maximum storm,” Arad resident Coby Schneider told JewishPress.com. “Raining and absolutely freezing and they say we will see snow here too.”

Precipitation is expected to continue Friday, with strong winds through the Sabbath and the possibility of flooding as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Railways Service Temporarily Adjusted in South

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

In accordance with instructions from the IDF Home Front Command, Israel Railways has suspended train service between the Sderot and Ashkelon stations.

The coastal city of Ashkelon will temporarily serve as the final stop on the southern line for the time being, Israel Railways said.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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